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Getting Around

How to Get around in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an urban city offering all possible modern trappings for comfortable living. The improved transport system is one of the makings of a developed city, which Amsterdam has. The system of transportation in Amsterdam consists of bikes, boats, buses, trains, trams, metro and taxis. Biking and boating are enjoyable; trains and trams are convenient; metro is efficient; taxis are expensive. All these modes of transport make travelling in and around the city ensuring a smooth ride. Usually, single fares for public transport are expensive. One hour long tram or bus journey costs 2.60 euros.

A pass for daily unlimited travel and a longer period on trams, buses and metro retains value for money. It is better buying an ‘I Amsterdam Card’. The passes can be availed from the GVB ticket and information office at Centraal Station and ticket machines outside the Metro stations. The main GVB office is open 7am-9pm from Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm on weekends. Passes for one-hour as well as 24-hour long journey on buses and trams are available. Driving cars in the Dutch capital require visitors or tourists one year of driving experience, national driving licence with photo attached and passport. You need to be 21 years old and make a deposit by credit card.

Bikes

Bikes in AmsterdamLooking to explore the distant reaches of Amsterdam? Paddle a bicycle down the lanes and alleys of the city. Biking in and around Amsterdam is fun. The city is flat and compact. There are cycle lanes along many canal-side streets. The bike lanes are marked by bike symbols and white lines. Cycling on most canal-side roads is no problem as motorised traffic is light. Eight out of every ten Amsterdammers use bicycle to go errands in day-to-day life. There is no alternative to biking, when it comes to getting around Amsterdam in a short span of time. Bikers should use the bike lights at night. There are police check points across the city. Paddling two wheels without reflectors is illegal in the Dutch capital. With many bicycle rental shops, biking is easy, cheap and safe in Amsterdam. It is better to avoid pavements and shopping streets while biking. The right hand side of roads is meant for biking.

Boats

Boats in AmsterdamThe city of Amsterdam is better travelled and explored through waterways. The web of canals has made the aquatic tour of the city easy and enjoyable. There are several different means of canal or water transport – canal buses, pedal-powered canal bikes, water taxis and ferries. Hop-on and hop-off boats are more expensive compared to non-stop cruises. These boats run on the fixed routes and at the scheduled hours, and stop at the main canal-front museums and other tourist sights. For more information, log on to www.canal.nl. Four-seater canal bikes with pedals are available on rent, on hourly basis at moorings on the canal ring. Water taxi, though expensive, is ideal for a family canal cruise. Fare for a 30-minute long ride by water taxi is 60 euros. The service of water taxis is available from 8am till midnight. For fares and timetables, log on to http://www.water-taxi.nl/. Ferry is the cheapest means of canal transport in Amsterdam. Ferries are available from the Central Station.

Taxi

Taxi in AmsterdamCabs are expensive in Amsterdam. You can 677 7777 to order a cab. Usually, the line is busy on Fridays and Saturdays. The minimum pay for a 2km long taxi drive is 7.86 euros. An additional kilometre costs 2.30 euros. Cabs for short trips are available outside the Central Station. Taxi ranks are dotted across the city. At times, it is difficult to catch a taxi in the street. The central taxi office is open from 9am to 5pm, five days a week from Monday to Friday. 650 6506 is the customer service line of the central taxi office. You can contact a taxi company for a day trip in or out of the city. More information is available on www.taxi.amsterdam.nl.

Tram

Tram in AmsterdamTram is the most comfortable and convenient mode of transport within the city of Amsterdam. Tram journey is speedy but cheap. With tram routes running from the Central Station to different directions, the tram network takes visitors even to distant nooks and corners of the city. Electronic lights at the stops on the way of trams indicate the arrival and departure of trams. Trams start operating at 6am, from Monday to Friday. Tram service is available at 6.30am on Saturdays as well as 7.30am on Sundays. On some trams, tickets can be bought from the driver sitting at the front. A machine in the middle issues tickets on other trams.

Metro

Metro in AmsterdamMetro service is available for the locals and the visitors in the city. But Amsterdam metro service is not as smooth as the metro service in Rome. A metro line runs south-east through the city centre and from the Central Station. The Noord-Zuidlijn metro line is under construction. It is supposed to improve the existing metro service between the north and the south of Amsterdam ensuring easy access to the city centre from different parts of the city. As much of the metro track is under ground, tourists miss the opportunity to catch a picturesque view of the city. The ticket system for Metro is the same as that for trams and buses.

Trains

Trains in AmsterdamThere are nine train stations in the city of Amsterdam. Travelling across the city by train is full of convenience. A train journey to Amsterdam Zuid from Central Station is an efficient one. Amsterdam Central Station is a 10-minute walk from the Dam as well as Nieuwmarkt and near the ferry of Amsterdam north. At a 10-minute walk from the Amstel river, Amsterdam Amstel Station is close to the Rembrandttoren. Take train to Amsterdam Muiderpoort Station to reach Amsterdam Oast, Dappermarkt. Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station is accessible by bus within 5 minutes. Get down at Amsterdam RAI Station for the RAI as well as the Rivierenbuurt. Head to Amsterdam west from Amsterdam Lelylaan Station. Amsterdam ArenA, Woonmall Villa Arena, Heineken Music Hall and Amsterdamse Poort shopping centre are accessible from Amsterdam Bijlmer Station.

Bus

Bus in AmsterdamBus service is as good a way as tram service to get in and around Amsterdam. Adding value to the transport system for the convenience of the locals and visitors is special night bus service. Numbered between 351 and 363, night buses ply from all around the city to the Centraal Station. Night bus stops have a black square with the numbers of the buses which take stoppage at those stops. Night bus service is available from 1am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday and from 1am to 6.30am on weekends. The Opstapper is a white minibus with eight seats. A special bus service for the elderly, it plies along Prinsengracht between Waterloopein and Centraal Station. The Opstapper is on run from 9am to 5.30pm.

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